(The ELEVENTH day of Christmas)
"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes." (Marcel Proust)
If you've seen the same things repeatedly each day, there can be no discovery in these things. True or false? How does one maintain a fresh viewpoint when surrounded by the same things day in and day out? In order for us to preserve our 'sanity' our brains deliberately ignore things once it's seen the same thing a few times.
Wouldn't it be nice if you had a tray full of different colored glasses at your disposal that you could change out whenever you wanted to see things differently? How easy that would be! Or, maybe just carry a viewfinder in your pocket! Why not? Viewfinders have an almost magical way of presenting a different perspective immediately. Let's all keep an imaginary viewfinder in our pockets! That way we can traipse about our day pulling it out whenever we want to see what else there is to see.
Marcel is so on target with his observation of what it takes to discover. I think having the mind of child is helpful too since children look at everything with new eyes. And, a never ending state of curiousity.
So, I give you a challenge to spend moments through your day looking at things with those new eyes. Whether it's the article of clothing you are wearing or the furniture in your room or what you are about to eat. Trust me, even if you've seen it a thousand times, there really are new things to discover. I dont' know how many times leaving my front door in the afternoon I failed to notice these lovely shadows. Until I went looking for them. You have to look.
Take a moment to stop and be curious!